Finalists Named for League’s Rookie-of-the-Year Award

Eleeza Cox, Rensselaer (l); Carmen MacDonald, St. Lawrence (c); & Jillian Saulnier, Cornell (r)
Eleeza Cox, Rensselaer (l); Carmen MacDonald, St. Lawrence (c); & Jillian Saulnier, Cornell (r)

ALBANY, N.Y. -- ECAC Hockey today announced the finalists for the 2012 Women’s Rookie of the Year Award. Eleeza Cox, Rensselaer, Carmen MacDonald of St. Lawrence, and Cornell’s Jillian Saulnier have each been nominated for the honor by the League’s coaches. These three freshmen made an immediate impact on the success of their teams in conference action this season.  

Cox finished second on the team in scoring, while leading the squad in total goals this season. She scored six goals with five assists for 11 points during the month of January – all against conference opponents. Cox notched at least one point in 16 of 34 games during the season. She had a five-game scoring streak in January (6 goals, 5 assists), along with posting a team-best four game-winning goals. She ranked tied for 15th in conference points (0.91 average). She finished the season with 11 goals and nine assists in conference action, which was second-best among all rookies. Cox was a two-time ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Week (11/15/11 & 1/30/12) and captured ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Month in January.

MacDonald won the starting job in her rookie season, and helped St. Lawrence to a tie for fourth place in ECAC Hockey this season. During the regular-season she logged 1055:35 in net only allowing 33 goals. She earned a 1.88 goals-against average and posted a .927 save percentage. MacDonald had five total shutouts on the year, including three in her final six games of the regular-season, and backstopped the Saints to a 14-2-1 record since December and a national-ranking.

Cornell rookie Jillian Saulnier was a three-time ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Week (11/1/11, 11/8/11, & 2/14/12) and two-time ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Month (October & November) this season. Saulnier earned 26 points in conference games (tied for seventh in the league) on 16 goals and 10 assists. Her 16 goals in conference play tied her for the league lead. She played most of the year on Cornell's top line offense, blending in seamlessly to the Big Red attack. She was second in the country in points per game among rookies with 1.56 points per game. She led Cornell with four power-play goals on the year and added three game-winning goals to her credit.

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